Campaore relinquished his post as one of Africa’s longest-serving autocrats on Friday after he was forced out of office by a popular revolt as he attempted to extend his tenure of office by adding five years.
The military on Friday confirmed Compaore is no longer in power, as the reality of his evacuating office dawned on all Burkina be,only a day after a popular protest resulted in violence as the protesters set fire on the parliament, overrun the presidential villa and repelled his further stay in office. At least three people are reported dead.
His earlier pledge of planning to step down after a 12-month transitional government had ended was not to be trusted as the opposition continued to demand for his resignation after they were at his attempts to amend the constitution and effect his stay on in power.
The army imposed curfew late on Thursday and announced a transitional government that would keep on the government for another one year. There is no clarity yet as to who will lead the government.
The head of the armed forces, General Honore Traore, had earlier dissolved the parliament and announced that talks will commence with all political parties.
The Burkina Faso leader has seized power from his bosom friend, Thomas Sankara 27 years ago in a palace coup, murdering him in cold blood. The cold murder then had shocked the entire World as a top official betrayal and power grab.
Carnage and Looting:
The insurrection in the capital city of Ouagadougou resulting in big time looting of both government and private properties According to BBC report, an expatriate living in Ouagadougou, Joost Laane, said he had seen some looting of shops and houses.
Images showed people carrying goods from the home of Mr Compaore’s younger brother, Francois. In his statement, Gen Traore said: “In line with constitutional measures, and given the power vacuum.
I will assume as of today my responsibilities as head of state.” He added: “I undertake a solemn engagement to proceed without delay with consultations with all parties in the country so as to start the process of returning to the constitutional order as soon as possible.”
An army spokesman, Lt Col Isaac Zida, later told reporters the constitution had been suspended, but it was unclear whether he was speaking on behalf of Gen Traore. Gathered on the Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou, the Burkinabe capital, more than 100,000 protesters demanded Friday the “departure” of the former president, calling opposition to put pressure on him to resign.
Speaking on the Place de la Nation, Lieutenant Colonel Zida, a spokesman for the army, told the crowd that Blaise Compaore was no longer president.” “I call on the army, the air, the police officers and NCOs, to rally to the cause of the population,” said the military officer to the staff of the armed located less than 20 meters from the Place de la Nation. This site “is the seat of the transition and the institutions of the Republic, where the negotiations will lead to the formation of the body of the transition,” he added, after confirming that the “Burkinabe army responds the call of the people and will take responsibility “deal with the situation.
The Burkinabe opposition called on the population to take to the streets, occupying public squares for the “departure” of President Blaise Compaore, following violent clashes that left several people dead. In a statement released Friday morning, the opposition denounced the confusion at the top of the state after announcements General Traoré and Compaore, indicating the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly and the government.
The opposition claimed as “prior” departure “unconditionally”. Since Tuesday, thousands of Burkinabe took to the streets to protest violently against the passage of a bill on the revision of Article 37 of the Costitution which limits the presidential term to two five-year terms. Protesters, angry, burned Thursday the National Assembly and the headquarters of the ruling party. Several public ediffices and shops were also ransacked and destroyed.
The BBC’s Yacouba Ouedraogo, in Ouagadougou, says there may be a split in the army, with Col Zida saying he will lead the transition, not Gen Traore.
Blaise Compaore was a young army officer when he seized power in 1987, a taciturn man who became known as Beau Blaise – good looking Blaise. The nickname did not necessarily suggest he was popular. Many blamed him for the death of his predecessor, the charismatic revolutionary Thomas Sankara, who was killed by soldiers in mysterious circumstances. Controversy would be a perpetual feature of Beau Blaise’s time in power. The president was accused of stoking rebellions around West Africa. Yet over time Mr Compaore oversaw a transformation of his image, internationally at least. This inflammatory figure became a man relied upon to put out fires around the region. Mr Compaore won a series of elections, though the opposition always complained the odds were stacked dramatically in his favour. He largely followed the economic orthodoxy prescribed by international financial institutions. But Burkina Faso did not escape the poverty trap. It remains one of the least developed countries in the world. Addition: BBC News